→ 10 Dec 13 at 12 pm
THIS? Is what make Hannibal so fascinating. He knows the dangers he is putting Will into. He knows that the Will he treasures as a friend may be permanently destroyed or damaged in ways he can not predict by his actions. His lack of actions.
He still takes the actions he does, knowing exactly how badly they could go wrong.
He values having Will as his partner in killing, as the mental mate to his own madness, more than he values WILL.
It’s horrible. It’s horrifying.
And we are fascinated with it.
Partially because, I think, some of this parallels and parodies our own experiences in real life. As women, especially.
Because the horror of this twisted valuing the ideal over the PERSON is so blatantly obvious to us as the audience, but to WILL, Hannibal is his best friend. It is something insidious and horribly pervasive in our culture, but in Hannibal, it is blatantly there. It’s not in the shadows. It’s not this shapeless and voiceless undertone. The photo-shopped Image, the Potential Ideal, over the potential partner that is currently.
This concept is instead highlighted and grappled as part of the core of the entire show.
And that lets us deal with all the dark shadows the concept casts, larger than life and easily defined.
Grasped, parodied, made monstrous, and thus defeatable. We can take it back, explore it, in a safe medium.
Or I should really stop meta-babbling. Whatever.